How to permanently stop programs at startup..

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Seanrobrien, Mar 25, 2008.

  1. Seanrobrien macrumors newbie

    Mar 18, 2008
    How do I stop programs I don't want from starting when I boot up the system?
    I know I can do it after the programs are running but they seem to reappear after booting up again.

    Example: I have 2 HP Printer programs that I'd like to shut down so they stop using system resources.

  2. spinne1 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 12, 2005
    Hermitage, TN USA (near Nashville)
    Go to System Preferences, then to Accounts, then to the Login Items tab. Check the box of anything you want to hide at login. Or, if you really know you don't want it, select it and hit the negative button to remove it.
  3. Seanrobrien thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 18, 2008
    I tried that.

    It does not show any items in the box. When I go under utilities and system monitor it show a bunch of processes running that i want to shut down.

  4. NAG macrumors 68030


    Aug 6, 2003
    Yeah, HP doesn't use the standard way of including them in your accounts panel. They're bad unix citizens (and their software is junk). Instead they mess with your loginwindow.plist file in their infinite stupidity.

    To stop them from starting up you have to mess with that file.

    Library > Preferences > loginwindow.plist

    Note, this is the library at the root of the hard drive. You shouldn't normally be messing with anything in here, but you're going to have to since HP thinks they're special.

    Open it up with the plist editor (a text editor will also work but it will look messy).

    If all you see in it is HP stuff then you can go ahead and move the file somewhere else (put it somewhere and save it incase you need it again).

    Then restart.
  5. Antares macrumors 68000


    Great tip, NAG, this will really help me too!
  6. shendren macrumors newbie

    Dec 14, 2011
    Are you aware that when you go to shut down, there is a checkbox that you must click if you don't want your apps automatically re-starting?
  7. oooraah macrumors newbie

    Feb 4, 2012
    Can't stop programs from loading at startup

    per comments on this blog I went to System Preferences but Accounts is not in my Preferences to uncheck any programs. I am running Lion, is it now somewhere else to access.

    This is a new iMac and for whatever reason at startup it loads about a dozen items. I have not been able to figure out how to stop this.

    Thanks for any help
  8. bm5636 macrumors newbie

    Feb 24, 2012
    Can't stop programs from loading at startup

    Check to make sure programs are closed. If a white do appears below the program icon on the dock the program is still running. For example, if iTunes has the white dot below it open iTunes and then click on iTunes just left of the black apple. Click on "close iTunes: and this closes the program and it will not automatically open when you log in.


    Correction-Click on iTunes just right of the Apple and close iTunes by clicking on quit iTunes.
  9. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    There are a few places to look for startup items:

    Items can launch upon startup from the following locations:
    • System Preferences > Accounts > yourusername > Login Items
      (Lion users: System Preferences > Users & Groups > yourusername > Login Items)

    • /Library/LaunchAgents/ and ~/Library/LaunchAgents/
      (Lion users: In Finder, click Go > Go to Folder > then enter the path)

    • /Library/StartupItems/
      (Lion users: In Finder, click Go > Go to Folder > then enter the path)
  10. skybythelight macrumors newbie

    Jun 12, 2012
    It is different. It's actually System Preferences > Users & Groups > Username > Login Items.

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